Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “After the week that we’ve gone through people … need a sign that tomorrow will be better than today,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. “No better way to do that than for the Astros to play ball. This is a city that regardless of our challenges we play ball.”The crowd of 30,319 included victims of the storm who were staying yards away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is the city’s biggest shelter and is housing more than 9,000 people. The Astros provided 5,000 tickets to each game for the mayor’s office to distribute at the convention center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“A number of these people that are here are in our shelters,” Turner said. “They need something to cheer for. A few years ago people counted the Astros out, now they’re contenders for the World Series. A few days ago people counted the city of Houston out. Well no better symbol than the Astros (and) that’s why we’re playing ball today.”The Astros wore patches on the upper left side of their jerseys with the team logo and the word “STRONG” in block letters as a tribute to those affected by the storm. As George Springer approached home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the second inning, he pounded the patch three times with his right fist and pointed to the fans. “They were hit very hard,” Harden said. “So for me to spend time, take pictures and make them smile and let them feel me and feel my energy. That means more than anything. So I’m here and just to see these people smiling when they just got hit hard, it means the world.”One of the people Harden met on Saturday was 14-year-old Ja-Miya Riles, who couldn’t stop grinning after getting a selfie with the Rockets star.“I love basketball. Basketball is just everything. So I was really excited about it,” she said.Ja-Miya, her grandmother Rachial Riles and 11-month old sister Kyler Riles arrived at the convention center on Saturday after water in the walls of their apartment created mold which landed both girls in the hospital for respiratory problems. The doctors told Rachial they couldn’t go back to the apartment or they’d get sick again, so she brought the family to the convention center to find help.“We didn’t have anywhere else to go,” Rachial said. “I’m here trying to find a place to stay.”Rachial was tending to Kyler and didn’t see Ja-Miya with Harden, but beamed when she learned her granddaughter got to meet one of her favorite players.“It’s really just a mood booster after what happened and everything that’s going on with Hurricane Harvey,” Ja-Miya said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I hope it provides a smile or two,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I hope it provides a break from what’s going through these people’s minds. To keep it in perspective we’re a baseball team. We’re going to do our part. We’re going to try to help return to normalcy and a normal weekend in September has a lot of Astros baseball involved.”The team honored first responders in a pre-game ceremony and played a video with dozens of tweets documenting the heroic work of people across the area in the wake of the storm. First responders were also given tickets to the game and two Coast Guard members were stopped from getting to their seats after entering the ballpark as about a dozen fans lined up to shake their hands and thank them for their work.Season-ticket holders Susan Welbes and her daughter Sarah stood in the stands and held signs that read “Houston Strong.” They came out of the storm OK, but walked around the ballpark before the game making sure all the ushers and concession workers they know were OK, too.“I think today is the first day in a week that we’ve felt normal,” Susan said. “It’s just been so surreal watching what has been happening to our city for the last week and we’re just so glad (to be here). This is our happy place … we can watch baseball and we can forget about everything that’s been going on just a little bit.”While the Astros played on Saturday, Houston Rockets star James Harden spent time at the convention center with Turner and announced that he’s donating $1 million to hurricane relief. He caused a stir as he walked through the shelter hugging babies and taking selfie after selfie with evacuees.ADVERTISEMENT View comments A fan holds a sign during the national anthem before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Baseball returned to Houston on Saturday with the Astros giving the flood-ravaged city a few hours of entertainment at the end of a terrible and trying week.The Astros beat the New York Mets 12-8 in a doubleheader opener, the first professional sporting event in the city since Hurricane Harvey.ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

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Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at Huddersfield

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Huddersfield, which hasn’t beaten Liverpool since 1959, is only a point above the relegation zone.Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at HuddersfieldHUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team’s place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.Mohamed Salah grabbed the third from the penalty spot after Can was fouled, as Liverpool recovered from losses to Swansea in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was important for us after the last two results and performances that we weren’t happy with,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.Can, who also won the penalty, produced an impressive performance amid continued speculation linking him with a move to Juventus, though Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he was not bothered by the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future.“What is the problem, as long as he plays like this?” Klopp said. “As long as people behave like Emre now behaves and delivers and then, if, in the end, we have to do it, we shake hands and say goodbye. And if he stays, we say hello again.”Huddersfield, which hasn’t beaten Liverpool since 1959, is only a point above the relegation zone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Mohamed Salah grabbed the third from the penalty spot after Can was fouled, as Liverpool recovered from losses to Swansea in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.“It was important for us after the last two results and performances that we weren’t happy with,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCan, who also won the penalty, produced an impressive performance amid continued speculation linking him with a move to Juventus, though Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he was not bothered by the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future.“What is the problem, as long as he plays like this?” Klopp said. “As long as people behave like Emre now behaves and delivers and then, if, in the end, we have to do it, we shake hands and say goodbye. And if he stays, we say hello again.” MOST READ Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his side’s third goal of the game from the penalty spot during their English Premier League soccer match against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)HUDDERSFIELD, England — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team’s place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Wizards All-Star guard John Wall to have left knee surgery LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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President Sirleaf Donates to LBS, Others

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Saturday fulfilled promises she made during her recent nationwide county tour by making donations to several institutions and individuals.The donations included three TSV motorbikes, one 5.5 KVA generator and one rice processing machine for female farmers of Rivercess County. According to an Executive Mansion release, the donations were made on behalf of President Sirleaf by Mr. Toe K. Wesseh, coordinator of Special Presidential Services in the Office of the President.Recipients of Saturday’s donations included LBS Lofa County correspondent Tokpa Tarnue and Madam Marie Zoego, president, Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Rivercess – both of whom received a motorbike each. Mr. Wesseh, however, disclosed that Putu Central High School in Grand Gedeh County received one 5.5 KVA generator, while a physically challenged in Grand Kru County received the third motorbike.He said President Sirleaf’s goodwill gestures were part of her way of identifying with and fulfilling commitments to citizens during her recent tour. In separate remarks, Madam Zoego and Mr. Tarnue, also of Radio Kintomah, thanked President Sirleaf for her benevolent gestures and thoughtfulness on behalf of the beneficiaries and commended the President for her continued interest in the welfare of ordinary Liberians.They assured the President that the donations will be used for the intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FAR FROM HOME AND LIVING HERE: ‘THE IRISH ARE NICE TO US BUT THEY DON’T ASK US TO MEET, WE ARE SEPARATE’

first_imgSPECIAL REPORT: YOUNG JOURNALISTS from the group Headliners investigate racism in Donegal. This is their article:Although police statistics suggest Buncrana is not a racist place, there are people from other countries living here who find life very difficult and lonely as they struggle to fit in.There are others who may be suffering in silence as many are afraid to report incidence of racist abuse. We wanted to give these young people a voice. We wanted to hear their stories so others can be aware of just how hard it is for them.Robert (13) came from Romania two years ago. He said: “I found it most difficult making new friends, it was hard to get to know them but once I got to know them, we were good friends then. I think the rest of my family find it hard fitting in too.”Fourteen-year-old Ola from Poland agreed. She said: “It was difficult at the start. At first it was the language, I couldn’t speak it at all, but now it is that I only have Polish friends. The Irish are nice to us but they don’t ask us out to meet, we are separate.“We came about five and a half years ago because my Dad needed a job and there wasn’t much in Poland. I was scared leaving, I didn’t know the language, I had to make new friends, the school was new, everything was completely new. I had to leave behind my grannies, my cousins -nearly all my family – it was just me, my parents and brother.” Jadzia, who is 13, also had to leave behind most of her relatives when she moved to Buncrana from Poland six years ago.Jadzia said: “I was 7 when we moved so I didn’t have a say, I didn’t want to move but we had to because we were finding it very difficult in Poland. It was hard but there was no other choice. I had to leave behind most of my family, though my uncle and cousins came a year later. I feel sort of different to other young people here.“Racism is caused by people who see others differently and judge them for what they see,” she added.Robert said: ““I think racism is caused when people don’t understand why people are different.” While none of the young people we spoke to felt they had been the victim of a racist attack, they all hoped that they would be able to tell someone, such as a teacher, if they were. But Ola added: “I don’t know, maybe I’d be too scared.”However, all three believed that Buncrana was a good place to be – apart from the weather, for Ola! Robert said: ““My advice to anyone coming here would be – don’t worry, people are friendly” while Jadzia said: “My advice is not to be scared of Irish people, they’re not really that scary.”We hope that by highlighting the experiences and opinions of some of the young people who have come to live in Buncrana from other countries that we will help other young people understand the impact of racism and prejudice better and help them interact with young people from different countries and cultures in a friendlier way.About this story: WRITTEN BY YOUNG JOURNALISTS FROM HEADLINERSBy Megan (15), Shauna (14) and Robert (13) FAR FROM HOME AND LIVING HERE: ‘THE IRISH ARE NICE TO US BUT THEY DON’T ASK US TO MEET, WE ARE SEPARATE’ was last modified: April 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranadonegaldonegaldailyHeadlinersracismlast_img read more

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Vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar planned for Donegal

first_imgThe Inishowen Abortion Rights Campaign have planned to hold a vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar as part of a nationwide event. On Saturday 28th October members of the campaign group will join with groups across the country and hold a candlelit vigil in memory of the 31-year-old dentist who died in Galway University Hospital five years ago.From 7pm in The Diamond Carndonagh there will be singing, candles, poetry and space to share and remember Savita while supporting all women of Ireland who have/are suffering in similar situations. There will be an open rehearsal on Wednesday 25th at 7:30pm in Jones & Co. Booksellers in preparation for the vigil, everyone is welcome.Spokesperson from the Inishowen Abortion Rights Campaign, Cathleen Shiels said: “We come together to mark the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Savita Halappanavar, and we remember the women who have died since her passing also. We think of the families of those lost women and we hope they are able to find peace.Continuing Shiels said “The 8th Amendment is indiscriminate; whether you are experiencing complications in a planned and welcomed pregnancy, like Savita; or experiencing a crisis pregnancy – the 8th Amendment prohibits access to timely and compassionate abortion services.“Health care professionals in the South of Ireland can only intervene when there is a risk to the life (as distinct to the health) of the woman who is pregnant. Five years after her death, we haven’t progressed to a point where someone in the same position as her would be guaranteed a safe abortion. The management of miscarriage is impacted by 8th Amendment as are all of our maternity services.” Vigil in memory of Savita Halappanavar planned for Donegal was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Humboldt State football rolls to exhibition win over CETYS University in 2017 season opener

first_imgArcata >> A lot of the time, what happens on the opening kickoff isn’t necessarily indicative of things to come.For the packed house at the Redwood Bowl on Saturday night, that rule didn’t apply.Humboldt State senior running back Ja’Quan Gardner took the opening kickoff 94 yards to the house, and it was off to the races for the Jacks from there on out. Humboldt rolled to a 83-14 win in an international friendly against CETYS University of Mexico in its 2017 season opener.HSU head coach Rob …last_img

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SA chefs practice safe seafood

first_imgChefs Brad Ball of Bistro 1682, Tanjia Kruger of Majeka House,Bjorn Guido of The Millhouse, Rudi Liebenberg of the Mount Nelson, Stefan Marais of Societi Bistro, Vanessa Marx of Dear Me and Henry Vigar of La Mouette at the launch in Cape Town.(Image: WWF-SASSI)MEDIA CONTACTS • Janine Basson,  Manager   WWF-SASSI   RELATED ARTICLES • Pick n Pay greens seafood operations • SA consumers help rebuild fish stocks • Saving SA’s abalone • Make a pledge to save our seas • Woolworths tests green refrigeration • Global retail award for Pick n PayCadine PillayThe Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) has launched the SASSI Seafood Circle, which recognises restaurants and chefs that are actively championing sustainable seafood practices in their restaurants.The assessment, sponsored by Pick n Pay, evaluated 70 restaurants across South Africa, looking at their various approaches to implementing, supporting and promoting sustainable seafood practices.TrailblazersCriteria on which the restaurants and chefs were assessed were the restaurant’s seafood sustainability policy; the effectiveness of their communication of their seafood sustainability practices to their customers, employees and suppliers; their level of engagement in communicating their seafood sustainability practices to a wider audience (e.g. via social media, TV appearances, etc.); and, the “trailblazer factor”, which are those chefs and restaurants that are going the extra mile in promoting and supporting seafood sustainability.The 12 winning WWF-SASSI Trailblazers were from Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg. Cape Town winners were Brad Ball from Bistro 1682; Vanessa Marx from Dear Me; Henry Vigar from La Mouette; Tanjia Kruger from Majeka House; Bjorn Gudio from The Millhouse; Rudi Liebenberg from The Mount Nelson; Chris Erasmus from Pierneef a la Motte; Bertus Basson from Overture and Stefan Marais from Societi Bistro. KwaZulu-Natal Trailblazers were Jackie Cameron from Hartford House; Kevin Joseph from Oyster Box and from Johannesburg, Marthinus Ferreira of DW Eleven-13.Choosing fish wiselyMany people may not be as educated as they should when it comes to choosing which seafood to cook or order, and the unsustainable harvest of the world’s oceans has led to the depletion and, in some cases, the collapse of many of the world’s major fish stocks.In 2004, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) established SASSI to inform and educate all participants in the seafood trade, from wholesalers to restaurateurs through to seafood lovers, about sustainable seafood. By using a “traffic light” system, the colour-coded SASSI list categorises selected South African and imported seafood species according to their conservation status.Green-listed fish is the group from which consumers are encouraged to choose, as it contains the most sustainable choices from the healthiest and most well-managed populations. These species can handle current fishing pressure.Orange-listed fish includes species that have associated reasons for concern either because the species is depleted as a result of overfishing and cannot sustain current fishing pressure, the fishery that catches them may cause particularly severe environmental damage or the lifestyle of the species makes it vulnerable to high fishing pressure. Consumers are encouraged to think twice and consider the implications of these choices.The red-listed fish group includes both unsustainable species, which are from collapsed populations or have extreme environmental concerns or lack appropriate management, and species that are illegal to buy or sell in South Africa. These species should never be bought by consumers, and fish highlighted in bold in this category are illegal to sell in South Africa.A more detailed list is available for download on the SASSI website.Restaurants’ duty to practice safe seafoodBronwen Rohland, director of marketing and sustainability at Pick n Pay said, while it may be the responsibility of the government to regulate and monitor fishing activities, it is also the duty of every seafood restaurant, retailer and consumer to support sustainable and responsible fishing practices.“In line with Pick n Pay’s commitment to only stock sustainably sourced seafood by the end of 2015, this is an exciting step in recognising restaurants who are also encouraging, supporting and implementing sustainable seafood practices,” Rohland said. “We believe that the SASSI Seafood Circle will help to both raise awareness and guide more consumers to make sustainable seafood choices.”Pick n Pay has also joined forces with SASSI to create a sustainable seafood cook book that can be downloaded for free on the website.last_img read more

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Remember Silverlight? Version 3 Launch and Features

first_imgdana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#web center_img Microsoft’s Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 were released on July 9th to favorable reviews. The original Silverlight shipped in Fall 2007 as Microsoft’s first programmable web browser plug-in. It’s a 4MB Flash/Flex competitor that runs on Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and mobile devices. While Flash definitely holds the market share for machine installs, according to Microsoft, “In less than nine months since its release, more than 1 in 3 Internet devices now have Silverlight 2 installed.” While this market penetration may seem high to some, the fact that Silverlight does not have widespread name recognition is perhaps a testament to the seamlessness of the service. In it’s third iteration, Silverlight 3 offers some interesting new features including the following improvements:1. Streaming Support: Silverlight changes and adapts the video quality of a media file based on available bandwidth and CPU conditions in order to deliver an optimized viewing experience. This provides support for live and on-demand true HD (720p+) streaming. Video giant Netflix first employed the platform in 2007 to power its instant viewing service. With the new streaming support, the only thing holding back HD video sites is their own limited catalogues. 2. Sketchflow: Expression Studio’s SketchFlow allows for rapid user interface prototyping. This means that concepts and projects can evolve seamlessly without the need for lengthy redesigns. Developers are also able to apply their sketches to a 3D plane and add animation and annotations to them. Designers and developers are reporting that Sketchflow cuts down mock up times significantly. 3. Out-of-browser Capabilities: Similar to Adobe’s AIR and Mozilla’s Prism, Silverlight enables applications to be placed in a restricted store on a users machine. Users are then provided a direct link to the application from their desktop or start menu. Silverlight also tests for a network connection and automatically syncs and stores files depending on that connection. This ensures point back up. One of Silverlight 3’s early projects is French-based Eeple’sBoard. The project was started by a 19-year-old computer science student and is a virtual cork board with pictures, posters and articles. As with a real cork board, messages and notes can be layered to produce a media collage. In this case, the media includes videos, blog posts and music files. A year ago, Silverlight’s penetration was 17%, today it’s at a third of all users. Compared to the 99% market penetration of Flash 9 and 86% penetration of Flash 10, this is extremely low. It will be interesting to see if Silverlight 3’s features will increase the rate of adoption. Partnerships will certainly play a key role in how the market is carved out in the years to come. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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